We’ve got more leaks to report about the upcoming (as yet unconfirmed) Google Pixel Fold, Google’s first foldable phone: apparently the device will be called the Pixel Notepad, and will come at a lower price point than some. Premium folding phones are already available in the market.
That’s according to sources in contact with 9to5Google, who say Notepad is a “working brand name,” whatever the device ends up with. Another name that was being considered was Logbook, it seems.
9to5Google confirms the leak by saying that “plans can always change before a product announcement”, so it may not be possible to use the Pixel Notepad last name. In recent years Google has kept the naming strategy simple with its smartphones, leading up to last year’s Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.
price is right
As for the price of this rumored foldable smartphone, the same sources are reporting that the Pixel Notepad will be coming in for less than the price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – which will set you back $1,799 / £1,599 / AU$2,499. Cheapest model.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that foldable phone technology isn’t cheap to manufacture, so it’s surprising to learn that Google might be able to hit a relatively low price point with its first entry in the category. (though all this is certainly unconfirmed speculation for the time being).
Availability could also be an issue, according to the report – see also the global chip shortage and the Google Pixel 5a, which only went on sale in the US and Japan. We may see the foldable brake cover officially coming later this year.
Analysis: Every phone maker now wants a foldable
With Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and others now pushing foldable phones, it looks like the product category is here to stay – at least for the next few years, while makers sate consumer appetite for these devices. do the weight.
The first foldable phones to hit the market – among them the Huawei Mate X – were very expensive and not particularly reliable in terms of the foldable mechanism and hinge. Over time, prices have dropped, reliability has improved, and new form factors like the clamshell foldable have made their way into the market.
Now we’re waiting for two major mobile players to dip their toes in the water: Apple and Google. We’ve been hearing about a foldable iPhone at this stage for years, with the latest rumors pointing to a launch sometime during 2022… maybe.
Given Apple’s propensity to wait until technological innovations are well established and proven before adding them to the iPhone, it looks like Google’s folding handset will come first. If Google can get the product on sale at a reasonable price, it could be another significant boost for foldable phone sales.
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